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Do what makes you happy

Do what makes you happy

I had worked at the bank for all my adult life. I was in my thirteenth year of service. I had developed and grown so much during my time there working my way up to management level. Little did I know that day this was all about to change. This was the day I was told that my role was no longer required; I was going to be made redundant.

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Take a stand against violence against women and girls

Take a stand against violence against women and girls

TRIGGER WARNING: this blog post contains statistics relating to violence and sexual abuse.

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Social Media: A responsible art form

Social Media: A responsible art form

Social media is a great tool for a charity. It keeps donors in the loop while they sneak a quick Twitter break (generally around 11am – for a little light relief from the office). It offers a charity the chance to interact with their donors building a real connection.

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How charities can gather images ethically?

How charities can gather images ethically?

by Rachel Erskine Amref Health Africa might be the biggest NGO you’ve never heard of. Headquartered in Nairobi, we’ve been around since 1957 and work in 35 African countries. When… Read more

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Is it okay to have fun at work…or is “fun” a dirty word?

Is it okay to have fun at work…or is “fun” a dirty word?

by Katie Duckworth So, politics has gone mad. Injustices are multiplying. Poverty is on the rise and the funds to fight it are tighter than ever. And to cap it… Read more

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Has fundraising become too “professional”?

Has fundraising become too “professional”?

I’m worried that we have lost authenticity at the core of what we do and who we are. We must then ask the question:

“In our quest to become more professional we are becoming less human?”

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Don’t run alone – useful advice for women or a continuation of victim blaming?

Don’t run alone – useful advice for women or a continuation of victim blaming?

As a society we need to stop putting the onus on women to change their behaviour – behaviours that we all exhibit and should be free to, without having to worry whether we may or may not get attacked.  Instead we need to turn our attention to the crimes taking place on a daily basis and reject any notion of this being acceptable behaviour.

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WHAT IS SPEAKING AT THE LARGEST CONFERENCE FOR FUNDRAISERS IN EUROPE REALLY LIKE?

WHAT IS SPEAKING AT THE LARGEST CONFERENCE FOR FUNDRAISERS IN EUROPE REALLY LIKE?

I have had lots of experience of public speaking. From media interviews to golf days to black tie galas, I have no fear of getting up in front of people and talking. But I’ve always had a bit of impostor syndrome about speaking somewhere as prestigious as the National Convention, thinking I didn’t have a big enough project to speak about or didn’t have that undefinable “guru” factor.

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Should white men step aside?

Should white men step aside?

There was a section at the end of  this response to the recent NCVO appointment that really hit home.  “Should white men be stepping aside?” It is a question that needs… Read more

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What does fundraising ethically even mean?

What does fundraising ethically even mean?

by Ruby Bayley-Pratt The recent Game of Thrones petition to have a disappointing ending re-written by “competent writers” is a beautiful, if frivolous, example of how our relationship with the… Read more

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